Huddersfield Giants have gone from the cheapest to the most expensive team to watch in this season’s Super League following the end of their early-bird scheme.
With the new Super League season to start next weekend, a new survey found that the cheapest adult season-ticket is £199 ($249/€232) at Salford City Reds, but Giants fans are now paying at least £305.
That’s a difference of 53 per cent, or £106 per season.
Salford and Huddersfield both endured tough 2016 campaigns, with each failing to make the Super 8s.
However, if Huddersfield fans had bought early-bird tickets before Christmas they would have paid just £99 – half of Salford’s price and by the far the cheapest seats in the league. Huddersfield Town, the town’s Championship football club, saw a 60 per cent rise in season-ticket sales after running a popular early-bird scheme last summer.
The survey found that the average price of supporting a team over the course of the 2017 season is £431. This figure was based on the average prices of the cheapest standard adult season ticket, an adult replica shirt, and a programme, pint and pie at each of 14 home games.
Linda Firth, of LoveMyVouchers, who carried out the survey, said: “The study has highlighted the large price differences that supporters of different clubs are faced with. As changing teams is not an option, fans looking to save money should always consider buying their tickets early in order to benefit from the best discounts.”